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By satnav
I have rather mixed views on the whole catch up thing. I think that initially Williamson and many Tory MP's exaggerated the amount of lost learning in lockdown in order to try and justify re-opening schools when the scientific data was still very mixed. I think the Unions and the academy chains saw it as a good excuse to push for more government spending which is how we ended up with the £15bn figure.

In reality I suspect in junior schools teachers have had a lot for freedom to teach a more balanced curriculum over the past two years because they have not had to waste so much time preparing for pointless SATS tests. As a result many pupils will be going off to secondary school better prepared than in the past. In secondary schools more and more schools have moved towards teaching GCSE's over 3 years rather than 2 years so this provides plenty of scope to allow pupils to catch up without the need for extra lessons or individual tuition.

The pupils who have missed out the most are the pupils who have been doing their GCSE's and A Levels in the past couple of years but no new catch up funding is really going to help these groups now. These pupils will probably need extra assistance at university particularly in science courses because pupils have missed out on lots of practicals over the past couple of years.

At the end of the day Williamson has dug himself into this hole and hopefully he will get the axe in the next coiple of months.
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By Malcolm Armsteen
Wrong on the unions. The £15bn was suggested by Sir Kevan and supported, with some reservations, by the unions. According to Mary Bousted.

And I can assure you that teachers in any key stage have not had 'more freedom' in the past two years. Having seen what they have been expected to do, and have achieved, I am amazed that there are any left.

I thought the number of schools teaching a 3-year KS4 was pretty small - do you have any numbers on that?
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By Crabcakes
Tubby Isaacs wrote: Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:42 pm
“Maybe this is being a Yorkshireman, but I always thought £1.4billion was a pretty hefty amount. But I do recognise that this is part of a process.”
100 bricks is quite a lot of bricks, but still woefully inadequate if you intent to build a family home rather than a very small outhouse.

EDIT: that quote being Williamson's, not Tubby's - my overzealous editing of the quoted post there!
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By Boiler
satnav wrote: Wed Jun 02, 2021 10:52 pm At the end of the day Williamson has dug himself into this hole and hopefully he will get the axe in the next coiple of months.
Literally or metaphorically?

However... he'll remain in post: you only have to look at education under Gove (and Cummings) to see what the Tories think of education.

And he's a Johnson/Brexit loyalist, which counts for much more than competence.
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By Oblomov
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/educ ... 62076.html

Not like this loathable creep has anything more pressing to focus his attention on is there?
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By Watchman
Mr Williamson tweeted that the monarch has “worked tirelessly to promote British values of tolerance, inclusivity and respect around the world”.

There it is, return of the Empire; it’s not “British values”, it’s what you would expect from any decent minded human being

As a postscript I posted the above on the Guardian comments page and got put on the naughty step!
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By Tubby Isaacs
Having been a member of an MCR in Oxford once, I can tell you we had no picture if the Queen and about 8 people showed up for meetings. Most contentious issue was whether we should buy Die Zeit or the German guy should buy it himself. He had to buy it himself.

Strangely, German media failed to miss this grave insult to their nation.
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